“Ten months. Two hundred and ninety-nine days. Seven thousand, one hundred and seventy-six hours. Four hundred and thirty thousand, five hundred and sixty minutes. Perhaps not as melodic as Larson’s rock musical anthem, but it is how I will measure a year at Casteel… I will measure in time, because it is my only constant between the old Autumn and the now Autumn. I will measure by changes of season.”
Sixteen-year-old Autumn Brody has enrolled at Casteel Preparatory Academy, a prestigious boarding school with a focus on the arts, for her grade eleven year but the move isn’t recreational. Her choice was made in a desperate bid for the survival of herself and her family, who remain oblivious to the looming threat against them. In her self-imposed exile, Autumn must remain invisible – “a Chbosky wallflower” – or more blood will cling to her hands.
Forced into a behavioural reform program at the Academy by her frantic parents, Autumn refuses to whisper of the ghosts haunting her. But the troubled young woman soon finds that there are more reasons to fear the night than she ever dared imagine. A student cries out in anguish through the walls, rousing her from restless slumber. Mysterious messages seem to land near her feet – messages from a supposedly dead girl that Autumn sees darting into darkened service corridors. And yet, the reclusive film student she literally runs into might just be the gravest danger of all.
As past bleeds into present, Autumn uncovers truths long buried behind the door of room 308. Secrets that someone will kill to keep silent – someone who stalks Autumn’s every move, patiently waiting to strike…
5 OF 5 CHANGE OF SEASON
Change of Season is one of those books where you pick it up and start reading not sure where any of it is going but once you start reading you get bits and pieces of another story. I liked how the author put the characters past and present together. You got to see where it all began and where it was heading. The story is set up in a prestigious boarding school where we met the main character who has put herself there for the safety of herself and her family.
Autumn is a 16 year old girl who knows she is not ordinary. She knows she is part of the supernatural world and she just wants to be normal and to protect her family. So she decides she will go off to boarding school and finish her schooling out there at the prestigious Casteel Preparatory Academy for the arts. She is really into music and movies and the back drop that we get in the story is fantastic. You get to see a lot of mention of music and movies and the scenes where it plays out matches perfectly. As Autumn starts her new life at the academy she is excited to be making new friends and doing what she loves.
Then trouble strikes and Autumn can hear voices. She is not sure if she is really hearing them but when things start to happen she is left wondering if she is crazy or if the things are really happening. Is her ex-boyfriend haunting her? Is she seeing ghosts? Is she hearing voices? She is not so sure what is real and what is imagined. Can she be saved or will she finally split in two like she thinks is? Come along for a great paranormal ride I promise you wont be disappointed!
You can thank A.C.’s first grade teacher for the interest in writing fiction. It was her casual comment on a mandatory daily journal, wherein she noted A.C.’s flair for storytelling, that planted the notion of writing full-length novels, poetry and short stories in an already overactive mind.
A.C. went to work quickly, burning through reams of paper with an ever-scribbling pen before turning to computers at age 14. The boreal world rejoiced, and A.C.’s range of writing grew from simplistic children’s tales rooted in wish to horror stories, thrillers, and psychological studies of damaged men and women thrown together by circumstance.
(Oh yes, and there was that novel-length X-Files fanfiction… but no one else ever read it so luckily, it doesn’t count.)
A.C. Dillon’s first published work is a natural evolution of over twenty years of reading and writing literature, and is characterized by the core elements existing fans have come to love: complex, relatable characters; witty dialogue; and an immersive narrative.
Between insomnia-fueled writing sessions, Dillon is an ardent animal lover who debates politics, obsessively collects music, and endlessly re-watches one of the most underrated films of all time: Empire Records.
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